McBride, John a very prominent minister of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland during its early history, who suffered persecution from the Established Church because he boldly advocated the rights of Independency, was a native of Ireland, educated at the University of Glasgow, where he was enrolled in 1666. About 1670 he was ordained by the Presbytery of Tyrone to the pastoral charge of the congregation of Clowe, in the county of Armagh, where he officiated nearly twenty years. In 1694 he succeeded Reverend Patrick Adair as minister of the Belfast congregation, where he labored until his death in 1718. He was a popular preacher, and an able and expert disputant. See Reid, Hist. of the Presb. Church in Ireland.